Ryanair announces new routes from Bucharest and Vilnius to London Southend

Ryanair, the Irish low fares airline, has announced two new routes to Bucharest and Vilnius from London Southend, commencing in November 2019.

The new route to Bucharest will operate with a five times weekly service, while the new Vilnius route will operate three times weekly. Following the announcement, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with fares from £9.99 for travel until the end of November 2019, which must be booked by midnight Saturday, August 24, only on the Ryanair.com website.

Ryanair’s David O’Brien said: ‘Ryanair is pleased to continue its Central and Eastern European expansion with the launch of two new Southend routes to Bucharest and Vilnius, commencing in November, as part of our extended winter 2019 schedule.’

‘Customers in Southend can now book flights to Lithuania and Romania as far out as March 2020, enjoying even lower fares and Ryanair’s great choice of destinations, with 39 countries in the Ryanair network, following our entry to the Geogian market earlier this week.’

‘To celebrate, we are releasing seats on sale from just £9.99 for travel until the end of November 2019, which must be booked by midnight Saturday (24 Aug). Since these amazing low fares will be snapped up quickly, customers should log onto www.ryanair.com and avoid missing out.’ Ryanair said that it will continue its Central and Eastern European expansion with the launch of these new routes to Romania and Lithuania. The announcement follows the airlines’ entry to the Georgian market.

Wizz Air announces four new routes to European destinations from Edinburgh

Wizz Air, a low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has said that it will begin operations at Edinburgh Airport with the launch of four routes to popular European city break destinations.

Starting November, Wizz Air will connect Edinburgh with the Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk, Budapest in Hungary, and Bucharest in Romania. These new services will see an increase in capacity of 250,000 seats on Wizz Air’s Scottish routes in 2020.

Effective from November 1, 2019, Wizzair’s new Edinburgh – Warsaw service will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with fares from £16.99; Edinburgh – Gdansk route will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from November 2, 2019 with fares from £16.99; the Edinburgh – Budapest service will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays starting November 2, 2019 with fares starting from £21.99; while the new Edinburgh – Bucharest will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays also starting November 2, 2019 with fares from £29.99. The fares are all one way including all taxes and non-optional charges and tickets are available for booking at wizzair.com.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘We’re delighted to announce even more opportunities for our Scottish customers to experience Wizz Air’s low-fares on new routes connecting Edinburgh with some of Central and Eastern Europe’s most dynamic cities, flying on-board one of Europe’s youngest, most efficient aircraft fleets. Offering unique cultural, architectural, gastronomic and nightlife experiences, our customers travelling to Budapest, Bucharest, Gdansk and Warsaw will also enjoy fantastic value-for-money – making pounds stretch further. The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our ultra-efficient fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.’

Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We are delighted to be welcoming Wizz Air to Edinburgh and adding four new routes to the destinations map at Scotland’s busiest airport. We know there is a large Polish diaspora within our neighbouring communities in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife, but we also know people in Scotland have a thirst for travel so having Wizz onboard at Edinburgh is very exciting for us.

Offering choice to our passengers is what we aim to do as it is that choice which enriches our knowledge of other countries and cultures while also taking Scotland to the world. Tourism plays such a crucial part in Scotland’s economy and it’s important that we look to broaden our horizons in the most sustainable way possible and demonstrate the fantastic offering that our country has.’

Wizz Air now operates seven routes from Scotland to some of the most sought after destinations in Eastern Europe. This includes services between Aberdeen and Gdansk, and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice, as well as the new Edinburgh routes. With the latest four routes Wizz Air now has 360 thousand seats on sale on its Scottish routes, the airline said in a release.

Ryanair commences Bucharest flights from Bristol Airport, expands summer 2017 schedule at Luton

Irish low-fares airline Ryanair has commenced new flights between Bucharest and Bristol on Wednesday, November 9 2016 – the first ever scheduled service between the South West and Romania.

Peter Downes, Bristol Airport’s Head of Aviation, said: ‘Today is a special day as we celebrate the inaugural flight to Bucharest from Bristol Airport. This is the first ever scheduled service to Romania from the South West & Wales region, reflecting our continued growth at Bristol and our mission to offer greater travel possibilities to our passengers. This latest launch brings the number of European capital cities we now serve to 16, further opening up the region for inbound tourism opportunities.’

‘The route is already proving extremely popular with customers, with plans in place to double frequency to twice-weekly from April 2017 as part of Ryanair’s biggest ever summer schedule from Bristol Airport.’

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: ‘We are pleased to launch our new route from Bristol to Bucharest, offering a great city break destination for customers in the South West. The good news is that this route will continue into the summer 2017 season, and with even lower fares this winter, there’s never been a better time to book a low fares getaway from Bristol.’

Separately, Ryanair said that it has expanded its London Luton summer 2017 schedule with a new route to Dusseldorf Weeze, starting in March, in addition to a new Faro route, which will deliver two million customers per annum. Ryanair’s summer 2017 schedule will also see more frequencies to sun and city destinations.

Ryanair has also released its ‘Rate My Flight’ statistics, which show that 94 percent of surveyed customers were happy with their overall flight experience in October. Over 17,000 customers used the ‘Rate My Flight’ function in the Ryanair app in October – an increase of 7,000 from September – ranking their overall experience, boarding, crew friendliness, service onboard and range of food and drink, on a 5-star rating system, the airline said.

Wizz Air announces three Central and Eastern Europe routes from Birmingham

Wizz Air, one of the leading low-cost airlines in Central and Eastern Europe, has recently commenced three new routes from Birmingham Airport.

The Polish airline has added Sofia, Bucharest and Wroclaw to its list of low-fare destinations. With the addition of these routes, the airline now operates services to Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary from Birmingham.

The service to the Polish city of Wroclaw, known as one of the largest urban squares in Poland – is operated twice a week from Birmingham Airport, with flights on Mondays and Fridays. Fares start from £15.49 one-way including taxes and non-optional charges.

The new service to the capital city of Sofia, the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria, departs twice weekly on a Sunday and Wednesday allowing travellers and holidaymakers to explore the ancient city. Founded thousands of years ago, the city is Bulgaria’s cultural and economic centre. Seats with Wizz Air are on sale now with one-way fares from Birmingham Airport available starting £28.49.

UK travellers and tourists can now visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital city, twice a week from Birmingham. The bustling metropolis is popular among tourists for its tree-lined boulevards, architecture and many bars and restaurants. The route will depart Birmingham Airport on a Wednesday and Sunday. Fares start from £28.49 one-way including taxes and non-optional charges.

Tom Screen, Head of Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to add these fantastic cities to our list of Central and Eastern European destinations accessible from Birmingham Airport.

‘Having launched only in September last year WIZZ is one of the fastest growing carriers here and it is continuing to go from strength to strength. It’s easy to understand why the carrier is popular with our passengers as it offers low-cost fares to great cities making it an ideal airline for those looking for city breaks or to visit family and friends in Europe.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to see such quick development and demand of our Birmingham routes. The most recent commencements to Wroclaw, Sofia and Bucharest are perfect city break destinations for our customers who wish to explore the hidden gems of Central and Eastern Europe.

Offering outstanding value for money the capitals of Bulgaria and Romania boast beautiful architecture, delicious local cuisine and friendly people. Our friendly crew looks forward to welcoming you on board a WIZZ flight with a smile this summer!’

Blue Air launches new Glasgow – Bucharest route

Romanian airline Blue Air, which currently operates 65 routes in Europe, has commenced its first flight from Glasgow to Bucharest.

The new route – also the first route that Blue Air will fly from Glasgow – was launched on December 17 and will be available every Thursday and Sunday. Tickets are available for sale, with prices starting from GBP24.99 (one-way, taxes included,) on www.blueairweb.com.

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, said: ‘This new Bucharest service from Blue Air is sure to be popular with both our business and leisure customers.

As well as offering a key transport link to one of Eastern Europe’s central cities, this twice weekly service will also be a great link for ex-pats and those seeking a historical and cultured city break.

We are looking forward to working with our new airline partner Blue Air to ensure the success of this service at Glasgow Airport.’

‘Since its first flight more than ten years ago, Blue Air has been permanently developing, with new routes, fleet increases and new services that offer passengers an extremely pleasant experience on board of our aircrafts. It is my pleasure to announce the new Glasgow to Bucharest route Glasgow and I would like to recognise the support and openness of the Glasgow Airport representatives’, Blue Air general manager Gheorghe Racaru said when the plan for the new route was announced in September.

Tudor Constantinescu, Blue Air chief commercial officer said: ‘This new route is aimed primarily at holiday-makers, considering the vast touristic potential of both Romania and Scotland. It will also be incredibly popular with the Romanian community in Glasgow and the surrounding areas.

‘Blue Air has also distinguished itself this year by completing two major projects – achieving the IOSA certification and signing a partnership with Amadeus and Sabre. Blue Air currently operates 15 aircraft, and by the end of March 2016 it will reach a total of 20 Boeing 737 aircrafts.

‘At present, Blue Air has three operational bases in Romania and two overseas bases in Italy and Cyprus – by next summer, we will fly to 66 routes within Europe.’

Blue Air has received a certificate of IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) from the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) for its exceptional operational standards.

Wizz Air announces new Birmingham to Bucharest route

Leading European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced a new route from Birmingham to Bucharest.

The route will commence on May 22 and will be operated with two weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays. Tickets on Wizz Air’s new Bucharest route are available for booking at wizzair.com from £ 28.49 one way, including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Commenting on the announcement, Paul Kehoe, CEO of Birmingham Airport, said: ‘Great news today that Wizz Air is adding another route to its network from Birmingham Airport. The country of Romania is not currently served directly from Birmingham so this gives our passengers even more choice from their local airport.

The capital, Bucharest, with its commercial centre and the historic Lipscani district just next door has something that appeals to everyone. This new route announcement shows the strength of the WizzAir brand, releasing another destaitnion just two weeks after its inaugural flight to Warsaw.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to be adding a fourth route to Wizz Air’s Birmingham network. We have launched our first flights from Birmingham to Poland and Hungary only a couple of weeks ago and today add a third country reachable on Wizz Air’s low fares from Birmingham. The new route to Bucharest provides an opportunity for our business and leisure travellers to explore the capital of Romania on our low fares from only £ 28.49*. Likewise, our low fares are attracting more visitors to the West Midlands, stimulating tourism and hospitality sectors as well as strengthening business relations between the two countries.’

With this new service, Wizz Air offers four routes to three countries from Birmingham, while the airline offers 39 routes to 14 countries from Bucharest. Wizz Air has also announced a new service from Bucharest to Glasgow recently, which will start on May 21, and operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 

New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel to Open in Romania in 2014

Courtyard by Marriott, a Marriott International brand of hotels, has announced plans to open a new hotel in Bucharest, Romania.

The brand is currently continuing its expansion in Eastern Europe, with its plans to open the new hotel in Bucharest, following on from the opening of its other new property in the city, the JW Marriott Bucharest Grand Hotel.

The 147-room Courtyard by Marriott Bucharest will be operated by the brand under a management agreement with Gica Popescu Hotels SRL, and it will be opening in early 2014.

Bucharest is Romania’s largest city and its capital, and it is also a commercial and industrial centre for the rest of the country. The city is connected to other European destinations through two international airports and a railway network that extends across Europe.

Amy McPherson, the president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe, said, ‘We are excited to be adding the Courtyard Bucharest to our portfolio in Eastern Europe. We continue to see tremendous opportunity for expansion throughout Eastern Europe, particularly with our Courtyard by Marriott brand. As an essential part of our growth strategy and with the recent introduction of our Courtyard prototype in Europe, we are excited to continue to grow the brand, now 47 hotels strong across Europe.’

The Courtyard Bucharest, located in Bucharest city centre, will offer a contemporary lobby with flexible seating, an interactive GoBoard screen featuring local information and weather, and a 24-hour outlet for snacks, as well as an all-day restaurant, flexible meeting spaces, and a fitness centre.